Chaos, Confrontation Mark Women Of The Wall’s 30th Anniversary

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JERUSALEM–For a moment, it was thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters against three non-Orthodox women at the Western Wall. Rachel Schwartz, 22, a student at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, struggled against the mob with two older women. The three had come for a prayer service with Women of the Wall, the feminist, cross-denominational group of activists […]

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Chabad Minneapolis Wins Approval For New Home

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After years of bouncing around the western suburbs, Chabad Minneapolis is finally able to build a permanent home for itself. Monday night, the Minnetonka City Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the construction of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. The building will be accessible from Hillside Lane West just east of Hopkins […]

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We Cannot Remain Indifferent

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Standing outside Montgomery’s old Greyhound bus station, we read panels that described events from over 50 years ago. Just as we were about to leave, a car pulled up next to us and a gentleman rolled down his window. “I see you all looking at those signs. Let me tell you about them.” For the […]

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Jewish Groups Mobilizing To Support New Zealand

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Jewish community members and leaders worldwide are expressing their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after a white-supremacist murdered 49 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday morning. “Murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act,” said Reuven Rivlin, […]

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My Sister, Independence, & The IDF

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Throughout my life, I felt a profound connection to my Jewish identity. Whether it was Jewish youth groups or summer camp, Shabbat dinners or holidays, my identity and connection with the Jewish community was deeply rooted. From the moment I came into this world, I did not understand the concept of independence because I was […]

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Looking For Love In Jerusalem

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Jerusalem is to some American Jews what New York is to some aspiring actors: a good place to wash up for a while and dream of better things. And when it comes to love in this city of gold, the same holds true. You meet your soulmate at Hebrew ulpan classes after immigrating to Israel, […]

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Celebrating Peace Corps Shabbat With Former Volunteers

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Peace Corps Week is in early March, honoring President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Peace Corps Act on March 1, 1961. Here are some reminiscences of three returned Peace Corps Volunteers who will be recognized on Peace Corps Shabbat at Beth Jacob Congregation. Doris Rubenstein, Ecuador, 1971-73 What motivated you to join the Peace […]

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JFS Making an Impact Series

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In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Salim is an 89-year-old Somali elder who was […]

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